Why It's Time to Dump Your LMS for a PLE [Infographic]


You walk into work, sit down at your desk and fire up your computer. As you look around the office at all the desolate faces, you realize... the honeymoon is over.

You got swept up by big promises with little follow through.

Now you're stuck with an expensive and slow to change software that everyone hates, and you hastily defend because damn, it was expensive.  

It’s okay. You can say it. We won’t tell.

I hate my LMS.

Now that you’ve gotten that off your chest (feels good right?) the question is: what do you do about it?

You can keeping trudging along, and hope it gets better.

Or you can take action and trade in your shoddy LMS for a new solution that gets you what you actually want.

The Problem With Your LMS: A Brief Recap of All the Things You Hate

Now that you’ve got your LMS loathing off your chest, let’s take a look at why it all went downhill. Because I promise, you’re not alone. There are a growing number of people who just aren’t feeling the LMS love anymore.

Capterra surveyed LMS users back in 2015 and found that 25% were dissatisfied -- or very dissatisfied -- with their LMS.

I suspect the actual number is higher -- a view that was echoed by Phil Menary after he attended a conference on the future of LMSs.

“Most people I spoke with were unhappy with their current LMS. It was unreal how universal this attitude was.”

So what’s going on? Why are people so unhappy?

Two main reasons: user experience & analytics.


1. Outdated User Experience

Many LMSs have outdated, ugly, and downright boring user interfaces. The course content also tends to be dull, because protocols the LMS relies on (like SCORM or AICC) can’t support rich interactive content like game-based modules.

In addition to less than inspiring visuals, most LMSs don’t offer individualized learning paths. Instead they push users through a rigid, one-size-fits-all course structure -- hardly an optimal experience in the age of hyper personalization.

And if all that wasn't bad enough, many LMSs also aren't accessible on mobile devices, which just doesn’t make sense for a modern workforce.

Everyone has a smartphone. Delivering training via mobile is a no-brainer.


2. Lack of Rich Learner Data

Another major complaint with LMSs is the inability to link training to business results.

Most LMSs are only capable of tracking participate and pass/fail, which isn’t enough to evaluate the efficacy of your program -- let alone link it to business results.

You need access to big data analytics to measure both individual and group knowledge gaps and progress. Then you can use those insights to tie training to business results and improve future programs.

Introducing Your New Best Friend: The PLE

The solution to the LMS problem is a move towards leaner, more agile training delivery systems, like Personalized Learning Environments (PLEs).

Because PLEs don’t depend on protocols like SCORM or AICC, you can create more engaging content and user interfaces. For example, you could host a game-based learning module within a gamified learning environment to boost participation and time on site.

A PLE also opens the door for big data analytics, letting you measure progress, participation, knowledge gaps, etc. for both individuals and larger groups.

There are ton of other reasons PLEs rock -- definitely more than you’d want to hear me yammer on about -- so we threw the highlights into a handy infographic.

Check it out below!

P.S. if you dig the graphic, or just want to throw some shade at your soon-to-be ex-LMS, be sure to hit share!